Writer and Illustrator


Wiluna and the Sport & Recreation Centre

OutbackA varied working life eventually led me to the position of Manager of an Indigenous Art Centre in the remote township of  Wiluna, Western Australia where, over a period of five years, I enjoyed the challenges  of the outback while mentoring the Birriliburu Artists and children in the development of their creative skills.


One of our projects  was to give the Wiluna Sport & Recreation Centre a facelift.    Working alongside the Artists,  we chose the theme of  The Canning Stock Route,  land that is central to the Biriliburu Artists.  The Artists each chose a particular section to paint, while I was called upon occasionally  to deliver their design to areas beyond their reach.

While back in Perth..

The Bedroom Rug  

A cold concrete floor given warmth with the addition of a painted timber floor and cosy rug!

One Word One Day

Supported by Micador, the Australian Authors Association and the Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators, I attended the Australia-wide initiative in Perth, where the secret ‘word of the day’ was ‘nightly’.   Illustrators were given a few hours to plan and paint a picture depicting the word, then the organisation  later raised funds from the sale of paintings made on the day for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.



‘Once Upon A Time’

Work in progress brightening up the children’s section of the State Library Perth with a group of SCBWI’s assembled  to paint updated nursery-rhyme themes.

‘Robin’s Hood’

By request, I revisited the task of painting stage sets.  With some experience stemming from my children’s school productions, launched into a farmyard theme for a country Repertory Group’s play  ‘Robin’s Hood’.

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